Hunter Huss High School

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Hunter Huss High School
1518 Edgefield Ave.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052
Coordinates35°14′24″N 81°12′23″W / 35.24000°N 81.20639°W / 35.24000; -81.20639
School districtGaston County Schools
CategoryPublic School
PrincipalBryan Denton
Enrollment1,135 (2015-16)[2]
Color(s)Columbia blue, White, and Navy Blue
Athletics conferenceBig South (3A)
Team nameHuskies

Hunter Huss High School (abbreviated HHHS) is a public high school in the Gaston County Schools school district located in Gastonia, NC. It is the oldest existing high school building still used as a high school in Gaston County. Its attendance range covers southwestern Gaston County and includes the western portions of the City of Gastonia as well as the communities of South Gastonia and Crowders Mountain, and the surrounding rural area. The current principal is Bryan Denton. Assistant principals include James Hilburn, Tammy Mims, Tonnell Oliphant, and Page Willis. Steve Gardner serves as athletic director.[1] Feeder Middle Schools are York Chester and Southwest.[3]


Hunter Huss was opened in 1962 and named for Cherryville native and Superintendent of Gaston County Schools W. Hunter Huss (1902-1971) who served in that position from 1937 to 1968. The cost of construction at the time was $2.1 million, or $17.4 million in current value.[4] The school opened to 818 9th and 10th grade students on August 29, 1962. Two years later it had 1,554 in grades 9th through 12th.[5]


Hunter Huss High School is an International Baccalaureate(IB) World School. There are currently no other IB schools in Gaston County.

According to the Official Hunter Huss Website: "The mission of Hunter Huss High School is to work in partnership with students, parents, and the community to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring individuals who will help create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect for all. Together we will strive to become life-long learners and responsible members of society."


2008 Big South Conference Championship (12-0) Conference Record[6]
2011 3A Basketball State Champions
1985 4A Basketball State Champions
1977 4A Basketball State Champions Football


The campus occupies 52 acres of land and has 178,000 square feet of indoor space.[5] The auditorium can seat 1,465 and the gymnasium has a capacity for over 1,800. The school recently completed an $11 million renovation project.[5] The renovations included a new heating and air conditioning system, replacement of some original windows, new plumbing throughout the entire building and extensive masonry work. Updated science labs, a new media center, wiring for wireless internet, and a state of the art television and broadcasting studio are also highlights of the latest improvements.[4]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Academic clubs[edit]

Extracurricular clubs[edit]



  • Anime Club
  • Band
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Guitar club
  • Math club
  • Community Environmental Actions Team
  • Drama Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Students
  • French Club
  • Future Teachers of America
  • Hi-Q
  • Interact Club
  • Junior Council
  • Literacy Club
  • Math Club
  • Renaissance Club
  • Revolution
  • Senior Council
  • Spanish Club
  • Step Team
  • HOSA (health occupation students of America)
  • Student Government

Special achievements[edit]

  • The Hunter Huss Chess Team won the 2004-2005, 2005–2006 and 2006-2007 3A Chess State Championships.[7]
  • In 2011 the Men's Basketball team won the 3A State Championship. They were led by Head Coach Ron Bray.
  • In 1980, the Marching Huskies took first place in every category except drum major, at the Carousel Parade in Charlotte, NC.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Staff Directory". Gaston County Schools. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Hunter Huss High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hunter Huss High School". Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Drennan, Sally (October 18, 2012). "COLUMN: Going for the Gold: Happy Birthday Hunter Huss High School Huskies!". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Memrick, Amanda (October 17, 2012). "Hunter Huss turns 50, faces more construction". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
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"The Fabulous Years"(2007-2008 Hunter Huss Yearbook)

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